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Poster: Mandojammer Date: Mar 4, 2010 10:43am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: bird song fans, your thoughts?

I'd be hard pressed to source this info, but I read/heard somewhere that up until a few days before this show, Branford had never heard of the Dead. Rumor had it he either saw a show, or heard a soundcheck close to this date and somehow was put in contact with them and was invited to play. He then went out and bought everything he could find and listened and (evidently) liked what he heard.

Perhaps Monte or LIA could shed some light on this pretty freaking cool confluence of stars???

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Poster: light into ashes Date: Mar 4, 2010 5:11pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: bird song fans, your thoughts?

I remember Dennis McNally saying that Marsalis had never heard a note of the Dead before he played with them - but in a brief search, I can't find Marsalis himself saying that.
I did, though, find this quote -

"There were two bands. There was the Grateful Dead and then there was the Dreadful Greats," Marsalis said. "It just depended on the night. When they were the Grateful Dead, they were a joy. When I was playing with Sting, I couldn't play anything jazz-like because it wouldn't work within the structure of the music. But with the Dead, I could play anything I wanted because they were so open and loose. When they were clicking it was great."
"They were really an improvisational rock band," he said. "It was something that was relatively common in the '60s and early '70s and something that is completely nonexistent now. Electronic rock music has a tendency to be rigid, all the parts are meticulous, like a machine, and there's not much deviation. It was nice to be in a band that had that much sway to it. It was hip."